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Biographies for Boyd County Kentucky

     Judge George N. Brown, of Catlettsburg, judge of the Sixteenth judicial district, was born September 22, 1822, on the site of Huntington, West Virginia; was educated at Marshall and Augusta Colleges, graduating at the latter; studied law, and admitted to the bar in 1844, locating at Pikeville, and soon building up a fine practice; was married in 1857 to Miss Maria J. Poage, who bore him four children. Judge Brown bears justly the reputation of being one of the ablest and purest jurists of the Kentucky circuits; but largely extended that reputation by the firmness and integrity in his conduct and rulings in the celebrated murder cases of Ellis, Neal and Craft. Only his resolute determination to enforce the law in the face of the wild and infuriated passions of the people, who were maddened to mob violence by the nature of the crimes committed, and a belief in the guilt of the accused, secured the partial administration of the legal processes and punishment. By a like stern courage and inflexible will, the Floyd and Magoffin county frauds on the public treasury were discovered and arrested, a service for which the auditor, in his report for 1883, said that Judge Brown deserved the thanks of the State. In 1873-73, he was one of the commissioners to expend seventy-five thousand dollars on the improvement of the Big Sandy.  [The History of Kentucky, 1886 - submitted by Shauna Williams] 

     Hon. Laban T. Moore, of Catlettsburg, has ever been a consistent advocate and promoter of common-school education. He was born January 13, 1829, in Wayne county, West Virginia, and mainly educated in the schools at Louisa, Kentucky, and Marietta, Ohio. He studied law under Rochester Beatty, and attended Transylvania Law College, under the instructions of Judges Robertson, Woolley, and Marshall, afterward reading with R. Apperson; licensed to practice in 1849. He next year married Sarah Everett, of Cabell county, West Virginia. For his advocacy of a normal college, in 1857, he was beaten for the Legislature. He was elected to Congress in 1859, and served during that exciting session. He recruited the Fourteenth Kentucky Federal regiment, of which he was colonel for a time. He was elected to the State Senate in 1881, and has mainly distinguished himself for his eminent and successful services in behalf of education, in that body. He was chairman of the committee to redraft and revise the common school law, and was most prominently the author of the present excellent law of Kentucky, a work of inestimable value to the future of the Commonwealth. Mr. Moore yet pursues successfully the practice of his profession.  [The History of Kentucky, 1886, submitted by Shauna Williams

     Robert E. Hammond. An able lawyer and influential citizen, Robert E. Hammond has been identified with Montana for a quarter century and for the past ten years has had his office and residence in the city of Havre. Like many successful men, he began life as a school teacher, was a teacher in Montana during the territorial period, and by individual ability and a fine integrity has attained his prominence.
     Mr. Hammond was born in Boyd county, Kentucky, September 17, 1859, attended the public schools there, and then began teaching in his native county. In 1887 he came out to Montana and continued his work of teaching in this state. He then took up the reading of law with one of the well-known legal firms of Kalispell, and was admitted to the bar in that city in 1902 and began his practice there. The following year he located in Havre, and has since acquired a generous share of the legal business of this city and vicinity. Mr. Hammond has the distinction of having been a member of the constitutional convention which framed the first organic law for the state of Montana in 1889. He represented Jefferson county in that body. 

     Mr. Hammond's father was Robert Hammond, a Virginian by birth, who came over the mountains into Kentucky and was connected with the iron industry there. He was born in 1822 and died in 1900 at Boulder, Montana, having come to this state during his later years. The mother was Rebecca (Card) Hammond, a native of Pennsylvania who moved with her parents in Kentucky, where she was married. She died in 1881 in Ohio, where she is buried.

      Robert E. Hammond was married at Radersburgh, Montana, June 12, 1889, to Miss Ella Ritchart, daughter of John Ritchart, of Radersburgh. Mr. and Mrs. Hammond are the parents of two children; Lillian, who was born at Radersburgh, July 7, 1890, is a graduate of the Hamline University; Maurice Eugene, who was born at Kalispell, March 18, 1903, is attending school at Havre.

     Mr. Hammond is a member of the Masonic blue lodge at Kalispell. In politics he is Republican, and his church is the Methodist. During the busy years of his career in this state he has always been very fond of outdoor life, especially of hunting and fishing. He has many warm friends in different parts of the state, and has an unwavering affection for Montana and its welfare. [The History of Montana by Helen Fitzgerald Sanders Volume 1 1913; Submitted by Cathy Schultz]



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